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Opinion and Commentary By Investigative Reporter, Linda Sutter – July 10, 2024

The Del Norte County BOS meeting was packed and emotional. People who came to the meeting had a story to tell but if they went over the 3 minute period were cut short by Chair Wilson who showed no compassion or empathy.

Rose Rippond one of the victims approached the dias with both hands taped in medical tape begging the Supervisors to do something. Rose will be facing surgery in the near future and has a gofundme page on Facebook.

A mother came forth crying while making a compelling statement about how dangerous it had gotten July 4th on South Beach.

After 14 people were injured, including a three years old boy currently in a coma, others had come to speak on this matter during public comment.

Since the Supervisors had not placed it on the agenda (which they had had plenty of time to do) they could not discuss it.

This isn’t the first time the Supervisors have been made aware of the issues facing South Beach during 4th of July. Every year it has been brought to their attention and they simply don’t care. Because if they had cared they would have enforced the laws currently in place.

The best thing that could happen at this point is for each victim to get a personal injury attorney and sue the county and the person who brought the unlawful fireworks to the beach. The Sheriff Department should be sued for dereliction of duty and negligence for not enforcing the no camping laws posted on the beach. It is worthy to note that the city police were not requested for assistance during this mass critical incident.


  1. The person(s) who brought the illegal fireworks to the beach should be sitting in jail facing some pretty serious charges. If they know who they are I can’t believe they will let them off.

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